Target Wedding : The Unexpected Adventure

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We are now 12 years into our marriage. OMFG!
It hit home for me this weekend when we planned out our supper club menu. We could have never predicted 12 years ago the unexpected adventures we would take. I remember when we registered, ti was such a clear picture of how we each saw our married life to be. We were intent on equipping ourselves for the adventures we wanted to take.

I only wish we had thought more about quipping ourselves in a literal sense. I mean look at the cool stuff that we could have registered for…

SwissGear City Pack
Canon EOS Rebel T5I
Rosetta Stone Spanish V4 Totale T
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Link to SwissGear City Pack

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Target Wedding registry link
Target Wedding registry link

In celebration of #TargetWedding, I get to give away a $25 gift card to Target. Comment with your favorite opposites attract moment to enter.

Target Logo

Tailgate Time!

Friends, when Country Outfitter asked me if I wanted to post about tailgate fashion my answer was a resounding HECK YES! I admit, I don’t know too much or get too worked up about college football but tailgating on the other hand… sign me up!

Tailgate Fashion With Country Outfitter

What could be better than hanging out with your friends, playing games, eating great food (calories totally don’t count if they are eaten outside,) and having some hometown pride. So I knew I had to post today on this very important holiday: show your colors day! My city is head to toe in black and gold.

Mizzou Show Your Colors
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Flip the Script With Target Pharmacy Rewards

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.

Is everyone back to school now? It seems like the waves of friends posting back to school pics have been coming for awhile now. And now we are in our second week, eek. Where did the summer go?

But if anything makes me realize that summer is over for realsies, it’s the cough and cold infestation. The girls are usually pretty healthy, we even call one bionic since she never ever gets sick, but the husband and I catch everything they don’t, Basically they are the carriers and we are the victims.

The only upside to this constant sickeness is the Target Pharmacy Rewards program.

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Those Smiles

Right before I sat down to write this post, the girls and I had our usual post school mortem. You know, what games were play on the playground, who sat by who, what they want for snack tomorrow. It seems silly but I am treasuring these moments. I can already see some pre-teen sneaking into the girls. I want to stop the clock!

I mean look at these sweet smiles…
Terror Twins Smile
They look so old!!
And darn it, those smiles are going to need some braces.
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24 Hours in…. Petaluma

After the sad news out of Napa, there’s no better time to write about one of my favorite parts of the country and the hidden gem I discovered there this summer… Petaluma.

Petlauma Travel

When I was in California for BlogHer, I had the chance to visit Petaluma on a blog tour. even though I used to live in Northern California, I had never visited this unique spot in Sonoma. Their geological spot, referred to as the Petaluma Gap, lends the wines a distinctive lightness. But this town is about much more than wine.
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This is Happiness

Happy Family asked bloggers to share their own happy moments in August in honor of National Happiness Happens Day, August 8th. I’ve been strangely blocked on writing this post. Sure there are small happy moments every day but lately they have seen overshadowed by all the worry.

Sometimes worry can drive you crazy.
Then you spend a hot afternoon at a friend’s doing nothing more than drinking a jelly jar of wine and watching your kids run wild.

Happiness Happens

Happiness happens when you least expect it, when you least plan for it. When you let go. Here’s a jelly jar glass of wine cheers to that.

I know you all have you own little moments when happiness just happened. Consider uploading a video of yours to the Happy Family Facebook page and you will be entered to win a fun prize for your happy family. Contest ends the 27th!

Happy Family

Why Choose An All Inclusive?

all inclusive

One day, not so long ago, I swore I would never travel to an all inclusive. Those places were for the boring. I was ready to forge my own path, even if sometimes that path led me to a motel on the side of the road in Venice that was so loud that I didn’t sleep a wink.

So why did I just book Social Media on the Sand as my Fall conference?

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Integrating Technology Into Family Life With the Intel AIO

#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value.

With the girls starting school this week, we are resetting routines and thinking about how we can have a successful school year. We’ve made the biggest change by switching schools but we also want to make changes at home.

One of these is changing the way we all use tech. There have been too many moments this summer where we have all been in different rooms on different devices. That’s why out kitchen counter now looks like this…

IntelAIO

I can see you thinking, really another screen? But stay with me here.
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Giving Back During Back to School

During back to school, it’s easy to give back. Thank you to Champions for Kids and The Motherhood for involving me in this awesome program!

Yesterday I finally conquered my sudden bout of homebodiness and took the girls to shop for school supplies and then to their back to school night. This translates to I went to the grocery store with the texted list from a friend of what she had bought her child and threw two of everything into a cart while the terror twins careened around the store looking for things to put on their never ending wish list. They have yet to cotton on to the fact that they never get anything from their wish list and yet it stops them from begging for things in the stores. So obviously I consider this one of my biggest parenting wins.

After successfully gathering all needed school supplies, I took the girls up to back to school night. Without telling anyone we totally switched their school. Well we told them obviously, but for everyone else it was a pleasant (I hope) surprise when we showed up at our neighborhood school. I felt like it was a huge success… for me. Everyone hugged me and none of the teachers knew anything about the girls so they actually welcomed in into the classrooms with happy, unknowing smiles.

The girls, on the other hand, were less impressed. They literally RAN AND KID UNDER A TABLE when a kid they knew said hi to them. When I asked why they said they KNEW HIM. The horror. Evidently they thought that by new school we meant we had populated our tiny city with people they had never seen. Which would be some amazing parenting.

So my feelings about the new school year are a mite bit mixed. In a throwback to the childhood I never had (I went to small Catholic schools and knew everyone, even in college, in Austin), I have been having nervous stomachaches all week. But even with the stomachache and hiding under tables, I consider us very lucky.

You know that hashtag #YourPrivilegeIsShowing? I kind of want to print it out and hand it out while back to school shopping. Because so many kids have to worry about things like going to school hungry. This hit home for me when my girls started public preschool at the ripe age of three. AS I chatted with the office one day about my precious darlings and their special snowflake needs, I noticed a pile of backpacks. I found out they were filled with food for kids who might not eat over the weekend.

One of the organizations that seeks to fill the needs of kids like those is Champions for Kids. Champions for Kids makes it simple to give children in local communities the resources they need to thrive. We can’t all make big gestures but helping others does not have to come in large doses. Champions for Kids seeks to help by fostering a ‘habit of giving’ among youth and parents in America.

SIMPLE Giving

Did you know that 16 million kids live in poverty? For kids in need, finding nutritious snacks can be a challenge. Children who eat healthy foods are better equipped to succeed academically. SIMPLE Giving is a Champions for Kids program that makes it simple for you to help kids in your community. To ensure children have access to nutritious snacks, Champions for Kids is teaming up with Dole, Emerald, Kellogg Company and Walmart for a SIMPLE Giving program.

You can participate by simply purchasing and donating snack food items at your local participating Walmart from August 1-18. If your Walmart store is participating, simply purchase breakfast foods and place them in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout. To see a list of participating stores, click here.

All of the donations go to children in the school district where the Walmart store is located! the girls and I will doing this as part of our back to school day Monday. I hope you will join us this weekend by buying a few snacks yourself and donating.

Five Standout Brands From BlogHer14

Here are a few of my favorite stand outs from the BlogHer expo floor, with a special emphasis on Samsung who partnered with MomSelect in sponsoring this post.

1. Samsung: I love that they made the commitment to BlogHer to bring a major expo floor exhibit that related to the home in a way that respected how women are busy and. Their #MasterTheHome (check out the twitter stream for photos) showed off their Chef Collection time savings appliances which would make any home owner drool. As you can tell from my video, I was coveting the baking items they showed off hard core. But I also loved the washing machine and dryer combination.

Samsung Master your Home

WF9100 / DV9100 ONYX

It’s the worlds largest washer, which means you can wash 4 laundry baskets in a single load. Plus their Steam Wash cycle has been engineered to improve the cleaning quality of laundry. Unlike other washers which release steam from above, Samsung releases steam from the bottom of the laundry tub, saturating every item in the load which means a deeper clean with less pretreatment and using cold water!

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